Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest AleWitch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale

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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Docer on 08-15-2012

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by alexrichman:
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3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just wanted to post a quick review and a few impressions about this beer. I spotted this 6-pack and the Hawthorne St. Fred Meyers in PDX. I'm not a huge fan of Bridgeport but something about this one caught my eyes. I'm also not usually the biggest fan of spiced beers. A lot of times I feel like the spices can really dominate the flavor, which can be nice at times, but not something I'd want to drink most days. Witch Hunt says it's spiced, but I suspect they used very minimal amounts of spice. You can certainly taste the spices, but mostly in the finish. I really like this. I feel like Witch Hunt has struck a really nice balance, having the spices take the back seat to a pretty good ale. Here's a quick review.

A> Witch Hunt pours a burnt straw color with hints of gold and red. It's very clear, I guess this one doesn't do a second fermentation in the bottle like some Bridgeport brews. The beer had a small head but decent retention both on the top surface and the glass. It's a decent looking brew, but nothing really stands out.

S> What smell? The aroma of this beer is pretty subdued. I was able to smell the faintest whiffs of malts, spice, and hop but only after trying pretty hard. I can't rate this too low, because it doesn't smell offensive like some beers. Let's just say the aroma is a bit underwhelming.

T> Okay, this is the highlight of Witch Hunt for me. I just really dig the flavor of this beer. The malt has hints of sweet caramel but also seems a little sour like a stout. The hops are a little cheesy but somehow work perfectly with the slightly sour malt. The spices come through on the finish and instead of dominating the flavor profile they just meld with everything. I really like the slight hint of nutmeg that Witch Hunt finishes with. This beer is just flat out tasty but also complex. Just writing about makes me want to crack open another one.

M> Good mouth feel. Fairly carbonated, but it works and keeps all the flavors lively. Smooth but not thin in any way. Really enjoyable although it does finish a bit on the dry side.

O> Witch Hunt really impressed me. I usually don't like Bridgeport beers. I usually don't like spiced beers. Yet somehow I'm really enjoying Witch Hunt - it's a delicious beer with nice complexity and I'd say give it a shot. This is a wonderful beer to transition into the darker and more complex beers that the winter brings and I'm very happy I bought this 6'er on a whim.

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More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of NOLTERN
2.03/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I made the mistake of buying a 6 pack of this wretched witch's brew instead of a single bottle. I don't know what led me to believe this would be good enough to drink six of them. This is almost a pumpkin beer, but is too lazy and thin to be a good pumpkin beer, so it is just a "spiced harvest ale".

This beer pours a clear, amber color with minimal head lacing.

The smell is a mixture of tecate and bad spice pairings.

The taste is similar to the smell, and the mouthfeel is very thin and is finished with an unsavory bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is a watery offering of a foul mixture of spice and misfortune, perfect for the halloween season as a trick, but definately not as a treat.

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Photo of DerekQXQX
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured half a finger of head on a clear, copper colored body.
The aroma is lemon with some light Autumn spice. Not bad.
The taste is initially okay; nutty and malty. Then it quickly turns to the "harvest spice" which sent the rest of the structure head over heels down the hill into the lake.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Not enjoyable. Disjointed and lost.

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours ornge with 2+ fingers of tan head. Great lacng & head retention

S: Cinnamon & all-spice, some apple skin

T: Follows the nose, some herbal bitterness as well. Some pear notes as this warms more spices, some golden delicious apple. Finishes with some orchard fruit, some cinnnamon & herbal hop bitterness, mostly an apple pie taste

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

This really didn't impress me, not the worst I've ever had, but I will never buy this again

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Photo of Chuck_25
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ThisMoonlife
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of GFish
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Pete1991
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Docer
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.0)

- Dark molasses brown, very clear, and very low carbonation. A quick fizzling head of off-white leaves but a trace over the brew, and a tiny ring in the glass. Fitting though for the style.. to a point.

Smell: (4.0)

- Nice sweet caramel and molasses notes with a nice earthy and grassy hop character. The cinnamon and nutmeg shine through just perfectly. Seems like a drinker to me.

Taste: (3.5)

- Nice caramel and light toffee flavors and certainly a grassy and earthy hop flare with a nice zesty little bite. The cinnamon and nutmeg play very well with the rest of the ingredients, creating a very nicely balanced, and tasty brew. Certainly worth the try.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- Medium to light bodied, bubbly carbonation, and a little chewy and drying.. a touch cloying really. Not bad, and the hops certainly do dry this number up a little.

Overall: (3.5)

- This is a solid above average Fall seasonal. It doesn't really bang in any particular category, it just is what it is... a solid tasty drinkable seasonal brew.

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Photo of RoarwithGilmore
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.94/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, no date.

A - Like a crisp autumn afternoon, the beer pours a clear burnt sienna color with a towering plume of light beige foam. Gnarled branches of lace wrap around the glass creating a picturesque scene to behold.

S - Witch Hunt, contrary to, say, witch capture, does not smell like smoke or burning flesh. Instead, this Halloween-themed beer suggests a familiar aroma from this time of year; pumpkin brew! With it's spiced aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon this brown ale is smooth and simply malted with sweet Munich and caramel with crisp Vienna toast finish. No hops can be found here but the beer does end on an oddly sterile note.

T - The cauldron of flavor melds together nicely as the sweet malt features layers of caramel, bread, toast, and tootsie rolls counteracted by nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Earthy hops which steer clear of the nose insert faint wood and dried leaf characteristics on the finish.

M - From start to finish Witch Hunt is smooth like a broom ride without turbulence. Sweet malt lingers on the tongue but not without some balance. While void of bitterness a dry, spiced finish cuts the sweetness down a notch.

O - I wonder if the brewers cast a spell on this beer as they boiled the wort; a spell of deliciousness! Suggestions of the season's pumpkin-brewed beers enter the mind, but the beer doesn't feel incomplete. Instead, the spice nicely plays off the sweet malt for a drinkable harvest ale that stands out from the crowd without being green. Or burned at the stake.

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Photo of Beardo
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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Witch Hunt Spiced Harvest Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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